Bringing the vividness of classical music to fresh audiences

Julia has spent her life immersing herself in new cultures, seeking ways to promote the musical language that unites across all borders. Born to a Chinese-American family in California, Julia received a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude in English Literature at Harvard University and studied at the Juilliard School of Music. She went on to live and work for 22 years in Europe, spending 10 years as cellist of the Concertgebouw Orchestra.
Julia has distinguished herself as well as a soloist and chamber musician. A finalist at the ARD Munich Competition, she performed as a soloist with orchestras across America and Europe, including the San Francisco Symphony and Bach Society Orchestra. As a member of the Oberon Trio and the Amsterdam Ensemble, she toured major halls of Europe, as well as of Israel, Egypt and South Africa. She studied with Frans Helmerson, Ralph Kirchbaum and Joel Krosnick, and received further training from Yo-Yo Ma, Steven Isserlis, and Janos Starker.

In recent years, Julia has turned her focus to bringing the vividness of classical music to fresh audiences. Awarded with the Prix de Salon by the Concertgebouw Orchestra in 2016, she has used the award to commission and premiere new works for cello, and to engage new audiences with her blog Modern Folk. Her debut CD, Origins was released in 2019 on the Etcetera label.

Julia played with the cello group of the Concertgebouw Orchestra from 2010-2020. She is currently teaching at the University of Toronto, and has recently begun PhD studies in Kinesiology at the University of Toronto.

‘Deep and ingenious music-making of great perfection’
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